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Before surgery

This section covers some of the things to consider before your colon and rectal surgery.

Before your surgery

Night before your surgery

After your surgery

  • Walk at least one time on the day of your surgery.
  • Take your anti-nausea medicine to help prevent nausea. Read more about what to expect after surgery.
  • Start taking your nutritional supplements the day after surgery to help you heal.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Understanding Your Colon or Rectal Surgery, can-ah-95399
First Published: 01/24/2013
Last Reviewed: 08/15/2017